Chris Jakicic

Chris Jakicic

Chris Jakicic, EdD, an author and a consultant, was principal of Woodlawn Middle School in Illinois from 1999 to 2007. She began her career teaching middle school science.

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Chris Jakicic

Chris Jakicic, EdD, served as principal of Woodlawn Middle School in Illinois from its opening day in 1999 through the spring of 2007. Under her leadership, the staff shifted toward a collaborative culture focused on learning and implemented formative assessment practices to shape their instructional strategies. Student motivation and performance increased. Dr. Jakicic began her career teaching middle school science before serving as principal of Willow Grove Elementary School in Illinois for nine years. At Willow Grove, she helped teachers develop high-performing collaborative teams to increase student learning.

Through her work with teachers and administrators across the country, Dr. Jakicic emphasizes that effective teaming is the heart of PLCs. She also shares practical knowledge about how to use data conversations to interpret classroom information for effective instruction. Woodlawn is one of the schools featured on

Dr. Jakicic has worked closely with schools and districts that want to use the power of common formative assessments to increase learning for all students. She provides specific, practical strategies for teams who want to make the best use of their limited common planning time to write effective assessments at the rigor of the Common Core State Standards. Teams can use the data from these assessments to effectively provide students with exactly what they need next.

Dr. Jakicic has written articles for the Journal of Staff Development and Illinois School Research and Development Journal detailing her experiences with common assessments and PLCs. She has worked as an adjunct instructor at National-Louis University as well as Loyola University Chicago, where she earned a doctor of education.

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Presentation titles by Chris Jakicic

  • Common Formative Assessment
  • Designing Quality Assessment Items
  • Assessing the Common Core
  • Meaningful Data Can Make a Difference
  • Too Much to Teach!
  • Writing Quality Common Assessments
  • SMART Goals
  • The Role of Teacher Leaders in a PLC

“I enjoyed being able to get up and collaborate with my colleagues. The workshop was very tuned in to our needs.”

Elizabeth Fox, teacher, Canisteo-Greenwood Elementary School, New York

“It was superb. I really enjoyed Chris. She is a fabulous educator and person—extremely knowledgeable. It was the exact next step for us as district.”

Carl Dethloff, assistant superintendent of human resources and staff development, San Angelo ISD, California